Ten BIPOC-inclusive Creative Resources

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Sometimes, the hardest part of writing is starting. These BIPOC-inclusive practices and resources offer great prompts, ideas, workshops, contests, and motivation to get you going:

1. Visual Verse posts an image every month as a starting point for writing flash fiction or poetry between 50-500 words: https://visualverse.org/

2. Espresso is a handy little tool to edit texts and condense superfluous writing: https://www.expresso-app.org/

3. Flash fiction is an incredible, less intimidating way to get into fiction and writing prose. The Casket of Fictional Delights runs regular flash fiction contests and is a great motivator to get you to write more: https://thecasket.co.uk/story/flash-fiction-summer-collection-to-see-a-star/

4. Creativebug, offered through Edmonton Public Library, helps you get started creatively through classes, instructors, and daily practices. https://www.creativebug.com/

5. The Writer's Union of Canada offers a safe place for BIPOC writers to connect with each other and share ideas in Toronto and Vancouver. connecthttps://www.writersunion.ca/bipoc-writers-connect?fbclid=IwAR3cfEQ2_neDqVARp9KacH8gCwa1zrQKH9jqPy94_-e1IR_dRPaR2wcCV_Q

6. This 4-part workshop series is designed for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) creative youths and adults, ages 16 years of age to 65 and older, to express themselves through storytelling and the written word: https://lakeshorearts.ca/write-by-the-water/

7. The Photographer's Guide to Inclusive Photography explores how we bring race, gender, the Global South and more into photographic experiences and how to initiate a more inclusive practice: https://resources.photoshelter.com/photographers-guide-inclusive-photography/

8. The IPRC’s is introducing a BIPOC residency program that is designed specifically to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists and writers to develop and create their art, and to share with the wider community: https://www.iprc.org/iprc-bipoc-writer-artist-residency/

9. Facilitated by BIPOC writers for BIPOC writers, the goal of this workshop series is to support and grow art and culture writing in the city by people who are part of BIPOC communities: https://creativemanitoba.ca/events/art-culture-writing-workshop-for-bipoc-writers/

10. Poets and Writers not only provides ready access to databases of literary magazines, small presses, literary agents, MFA programs and writing contests, it also has information about how to get published, and an active community of writers who share information, support, and advice: https://www.pw.org/content/julyaugust_2020

Posted by Melody Griffin Dowdy
Melody is a restless traveller, consumer of experimental fiction and creative writer. She is interested in exploring mental illness, sexuality and and feminism in her writing. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta and is currently working on a novella entitled "Salt Water" and a book of poetry called "Void."

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